enhancing vital energy aligning body, mind
"Yoga is the journey of
the self, through the self,
to the self." -- The Bhagavad Gita
alignment of body, mind and emotions for ultimate balance
What is vitality yoga?
Vitality yoga has been created after reaching into decades of
Aleksandra's experience in yoga, meditation
and breathing techniques to create a program that aims to
improve health by integrating these easy and
safe to follow routines into the daily activities of life.
Apart from physical mobility, yoga is a holistic practice
which balances the outer and the
inner landscapes of the being.
The emotions are more balanced and energy enhanced leaving
the whole of you filled with more vital life force energy.
It can be an effective means to increase your
body’s capacity and adaptability.
Yoga is integration.
Vitality yoga has been created after reaching into decades of Aleksandra's experience in yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to create a programme that aims to improve health by integrating these easy and safe to follow routines into the daily activities of life.
Apart from the physical mobility, yoga is a holistic practice which balances the outer and the inner landscapes of the being.
The emotions are more balanced and energy enhanced leaving the whole of you filled with more vital life force energy.
It can be an effective means to increase your body’s capacity and adaptability.
Pause To Breathe Vitality Yoga was born in order to promote the inherent
therapeutic aspects of yoga so needed in our modern society.
It is the essence of three decades of studying, learning, practising, and teaching
this wonderful ancient art and science.
Committing fully to yoga's healing potential, I believe I can make a meaningful contribution to society.
By focusing on correct anatomical alignment and by tailoring poses to individual's needs, yoga can provide therapeutic benefits for everyone.
With over 30 years of experience in teaching yoga, and holding the highest teaching
accreditation with Yoga Alliance.
Aleksandra delivers courses and workshops to the schools, corporate environments, charities, groups and individuals.
Health and peace of mind are achievable goals and this world needs serenity, stability and calmness more than ever before.
As a woman, yoga has given me a holistic way of living and it provides me with a toolkit,
which can help me when I'm in physical pain, when I'm facing sorrow and need a tranquil space to collect myself.
It helped me during and after a divorce, to deal with a chronic illness, with a terrifying
menopause rollercoaster and all of my life's journeys.
Yoga is a resourceful companion, counterbalancing everyday trials with equilibrium,
gained on the mat and integrated into my daily life.
Key benefits of vitality yoga (HSYT)
rejuvenation, purification, and strengthening
improving balance, coordination, and endurance
better flexibility, suppleness, and mobility
building stamina and agility
relief from muscular tension and internally soothing
development of mental stability, a harmony between alertness and calmness
stimulating circulation and well-functioning of inner organs
soothed nerves and glands
better respiration, knowledge, and control of the breathing process
improving lung capacity
integrated mindfulness and situational awareness
stabilising heart rate and blood pressure
feeling vibrant, deeply rested, energised and fresh
experiencing emotional evenness
regaining life-giving energy
I started practice of Iyengar Yoga with instruction from Aleksandra Horwood about five years ago, then followed on with other instructors after a change of residence, and recently re-started with Aleksandra, taking advantage of her on-line sessions with Zoom. Aleksandra’s method and style of instruction has proved very suitable for someone like myself who is now quite elderly and suffering from natural “wear and tear” in joints and ligaments, especially in the lumbar region. Aleksandra’s instruction is very precise and “bespoke tailored’ for each individual’s particular needs and capacities. Practice with her is anything but exhibitionistic or competitive, and rather is strictly therapeutic , designed essentially for improvement of bodily and mental health. I have found it to be a necessary and highly beneficial supplement to the regular osteopathic treatment which I have needed for several years now. I strongly recommend Aleksandra’s instruction both for those with particular problems like myself and for those still physically fit, and seeking a way to enhance that well-being and prevent avoidable deterioration in future.
David Coombes Lodève, 34700 France (Retired University Professor)
80 years old with bypass: "Aleksandra made it so accessible for someone of my advanced years, yet at the same time enough of a challenge to keep me flexible and alert in a way that otherwise would not have happened. By exercising an extraordinary amount of care and attention to each student individually, I owe her a complete recovery of a previous lower-back problem. I valued her instruction for having been so clear and attentive to the necessary detail."
70 years old with MS: "The emotional understanding between us is essential in the yoga part. It helped me tremendously. Stretching is immensely beneficial and balance exercises are extremely valuable. I was just washing the kitchen floor dancing to Moby. It would have been unthought of before my classes with her. Aleksandra's yoga for posture and stretching helps me strengthen so I can be standing up straight again."
62 years old with sever chronic illness: "Aleksandra is wonderful in the restorative care which she has given me over the years. She is smart, sensible and fun! She is my "wow" teacher, a wonderful person because she rescued me. I bet she does that every time she meets someone. Aleksandra can pick up anybody from the lowest depths sickness or depression through her confident, friendly way of being. "
33 years old after pregnancy: "After having my second child, doing Yoga with Aleksandra was just perfect, to gently get "in touch" again with my body."
56 years old with multiple knee operations: "She addresses the entire class and yet zeroes in on each particular individual's needs with exquisite accuracy and detail."
49 years old breast cancer survivor: "She is such a wonderful teacher, always spacious and kind yet with a keen eye for the important details! If you understand yoga as finding an inner balance and are looking for a subtle but far-reaching adjustment to your posture, you're in the best of hands!"
50 years old gangrene survivor: "Aleksandra has excellent people skills - warm, compassionate, attentive and responsive, she demonstrates the benefits of being an accomplished practitioner of yoga, mindfulness and meditation."
38 year old dancer: "The yoga approach Aleksandra uses is attentive to detail and acknowledges the essence of yoga, breath. She is firm in her teaching, guiding us well, mixing it up with laughter to ease some of the body’s discomfort and slow down the mind."
29 year old with anxiety issues: "Aleksandra was my first yoga teacher. I felt so well in my body after each session with her. She's thorough and patient. I'm still practising yoga today, thanks to Aleksandra's love for yoga and her ways of transmitting her knowledge of the practice. I was a total beginner and learned the very first asanas with her which I am still doing today several years after we met. Thanks Aleks for setting me up on this path of wellness!"
My favourite flowers are daisies.
I love every part of them.
Even the roots and that is how I approach yoga,
from the root of the whole being.
Getting to know the whole body better,
feeling connected and present in the body.
Feeling embodied and empowered.
The reason I do yoga is that it calms me. It helps to stabilise my emotions and my whole being. The first and most crucial encounter I had with yoga was during the beginning of the civil war in my home country Croatia. I was 20 years old and I was a diligent student at the University of Political sciences and Journalism and at the same time, ambitiously working for different publications, one of them being the Magazine "Svijet/The World" where I would later become chief editor.
When interviewing a founder of a hospice, a vibrant 92-year old lady, whose clear and kind eyes I can still see before me, she told me about her regular yoga practice. I was a small-town girl, overwhelmed with a big city, with the raging war and its brutalities and with the troubles of my first relationship and the violence which was occurring within it. I thought I had escaped from violence after being exposed to it for the first 18 years of my life, but it just continued to destroy my inner life secretly and steadily. From the outside, I was happy and busy. From the inside, I was hurting so much.
I went on to write another article about a local yoga studio and tried it for myself, I have been hooked ever since. That was 29 years ago.
The regularity of practice and the urgency to quiet my mind and bring some clarity and stability, amongst the brutality that was happening in my own home and in my country, gave me the strength to survive, to change and to thrive.
After Croatia, I was lucky to spend a couple of beautiful years in California, learning from the best yoga teachers there. After which I moved to Germany and officially finished my Yoga teacher training, leading me to open my first toga school. Even though the school was going well, I decided to close it in order to take part in a traditional 3-year Buddhist retreat. This took place in a beautiful temple in France, which was inaugurated by Dalai Lama. While there I dived fully into the richness of the different Buddhist meditation techniques day and night.
During this time I continued to teach and to practice yoga myself, as the body needs to stay a suitable vessel for meditation practice. This is anyway one of the main reasons for the origins of yoga. After accomplishing my study and practice in Buddhist retreat centre, I moved to a small local town and continued teaching there until moving to London in 2017.
Happy Stance Yoga Therapy was born there in order to promote the inherent therapeutic aspects of yoga, so needed in our modern society. It is the essence of three decades of studying, learning, practising, and teaching this wonderful ancient art and science. Working directly with individuals and groups and committing fully to its healing potential, I believe I can contribute to society even more as a yoga therapist than as a journalist.
Health and peace of mind are achievable goals, and this world needs
serenity, stability and calmness more than ever before.